Upcoming Events

  1. Virtual Jazz Festival Weekend

    July 3 at 6:00 pm - July 5 at 6:00 pm
  2. Virtual Jazz: Tom Harrell Colors of the Dream in 2014

    July 4 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Virtual Jazz: Wave Cage

    July 4 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Virtual Jazz: Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra Sextet

    July 4 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Virtual Jazz: Jennifer Wharton from Bonegasm

    July 4 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Musician Kevin Burt Talks Summer of the Arts

The Iowa City Downtown District and Little Village partnered to create the Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase Series, to highlight the wealth of cultural treasures we have in Iowa City and to call attention to the needs of arts organizations in this time of crisis.

Kevin Burt, a regular at our events, wrote a song for Summer of the Arts. Thank you, Kevin, Little Village, and the Iowa City Downtown District, for a lovely video!

Changes to Our Festival Season

Summer of the Arts

We are reworking our events to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community. This is our top priority, and we will continue to follow all City of Iowa City and State of Iowa public health directives.

Summer of the Arts is doing its part to flatten the curve by cancelling and modifying some of our beloved programming.  Here are the changes we are making in light of COVID-19:

  • Virtual Friday Night Concerts: Thanks to a partnership with the Iowa City Public Library and City Channel 4, we will offer live virtual performances of the Friday Night Concert Series throughout June and July. Performances will start at 7 PM each Friday on our Facebook page.
  • Virtual Iowa Arts Festival (June 5-7): This will include performances, artist specials and interactive activities for you to do at home. Watch our Facebook page for  kids programming and new opportunities to continue our Carnival Parade tradition through mask making activities and more!
  • Virtual Iowa City Jazz Festival (July 3-5: We plan to again offer virtual performances through our Facebook page that weekend and will share more information as it is available. Please note that the City of Iowa City has canceled the fireworks scheduled for July 3rd.
  • Our Free Movie Series will be offering drive-in movies at the Iowa City Airport. Parking availability will be limited for these events. Watch our Facebook page or sign up for our email newsletter for details on how to register  for these limited capacity events.

We will continue to assess our festival schedule and will make updates as soon as possible to keep you informed.

Virtual Iowa City Jazz Festival, July 3-5

image-of-virutal-jazz-festival-schedule Join us for the Virtual Iowa City Jazz Festival, July 3-5!

Please see the 2020 festival page for a schedule of events.

All performances will be shown on our Facebook page.

We also have a 2020 Jazz Festival Playlist, made up of performances over the past 10 years. Click the links in the PDF and listen to your heart’s content!

Look Good with a Peace, Love and Jazz T-Shirt!


Once again, Old Capitol Screen Printers has partnered with us for a jazz-themed fundraiser t-shirt! Available colors are: black, navy, and heather purple.

You can order your Peace, Love and Jazz shirts HERE.

Price: $20 for crew or v-neck.

Order by July 5 for pickup at the Summer of the Arts office on July 15.

Artists: Apply to the Holiday Thieves Market



The Holiday Thieves Market application is now open.

  • Apply to this fine art show through Zapplication by clicking HERE.
  • The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.
  • Artists will be notified of their status by August 21, 2020.
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Summer of the Arts

Happy 4th of July! We've had a few cancellations for tonight's drive-in showing of "Independence Day" at the Iowa City Municipal Airport! If you'd like to join us, please email info@summeroftheARTS.org to reserve your spot! #iowacity #freemovie ... See MoreSee Less

Happy 4th of July!  Weve had a few cancellations for tonights drive-in showing of Independence Day at the Iowa City Municipal Airport! If youd like to join us, please email info@summeroftheARTS.org to reserve your spot! #iowacity #freemovie

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Summer of the Arts

Sammy Miller and the Congregation were scheduled for the 2020 festival before the pandemic. Since the group couldn't join us in person, he got together with his sister Molly to record this special video for us! ... See MoreSee Less

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I think Sammy and Molly had fun making this video!

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